Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus

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Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
16-714 Volcano Road
Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi 96749
Coordinates 19°36′33″N 155°3′10″W / 19.60917°N 155.05278°W / 19.60917; -155.05278
Type Private
Motto ʻImi na ʻauao
(seek enlightenment)
Religious affiliation(s) Protestant
Established 1996
Principal Lehua Veincent (high school)
Grades Preschool–12
Number of students 1120
Campus type Outdoor
Color(s) White, light blue and dark blue
Athletics Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Biking, Rugby, Yoga, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Football, Cheerleading, Softball, Lacrosse, Judo/Martial Arts, Volleyball, and Mandatory Physical Education Classes.
Athletics conference Big Island Interscholastic Federation
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Affiliation Kamehameha Schools
Mascot Warrior
Newspaper Na ʻOiwi o Hawaiʻi
Yearbook Moku O Keawe

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus consists of an elementary, middle and high school operated by Kamehameha Schools on the island of Hawaiʻi.


The Kamehameha Schools were established in 1887 from the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The first campus was built in the Kapālama area of Honolulu, then a Maui Campus, and finally, the Hawaiʻi Island Campus. Plans were announced in 1999 to move from a smaller temporary campus.[1]

Located in Keaʻau, roughly 10 miles (16 km) from the seaside port town of Hilo, Hawaii, the Hawaiʻi island campus opened in August 2001. As of 2006, the 300-acre (1.2 km2) campus served approximately 1,120 students from grades K-12. Students attend from the entire island, although those on the western side between Paʻauilo and Naʻālehu have the option of apply to the main Kapālama Campus as boarders.

The Keaʻau campus is located on land formerly owned by William Herbert Shipman,[2] who, along with Captain Elders and Samuel M. Damon, acquired the property in 1881 when it was auctioned by the estate of King Lunalilo, a grandnephew of King Kamehameha I.

In addition to classroom buildings at the elementary and middle school division, shared buildings include a learning center, administration building, and a cafeteria/band facility. Construction of the Hawaiʻi Campus cost roughly $225 million. Like its sister campus in Pukalani on Maui, the Hawaii Campus graduated its first class in 2006. Ninia M. E. Aldrich became principal of the high school in 2002. About 100 students were in the first high school class in 2002.[3]


The Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi started traditions apart from those adopted from the older Kapalama Campus. Among these are:

Hoʻike: Annual student-produced performance of dancing, singing, and drama.

Elementary Concerts: concerts directed by music teacher, Cynthia Debus. They hold concerts in Haʻaeamahi Dining Hall for their Spring and Christmas Concerts.

Junior Class Greek Day: A Greek Culture Day with games, food, music, and dance. Students are split into competing "city-states" with cheers, Greek costumes .

Freshmen Makahiki (A Hawaiian Culture Day): students play Hawaiian games and learn to dance hula.

May Day: Every year on May 1, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School students participate in the festivities of hula. All elementary students participate in their show, and Hawaiian Ensemble puts on the show for middle school. Normally, middle school and elementary school watch and support each other's shows.

Ho'olaule'a: Every year the school puts on a Hoʻolauleʻa which consists of games for kids, delicious local foods, booths by local vendors, entertainment from the elementary choir and a local band.


In addition to providing a comprehensive curriculum, with the focus on career academies. The school will draw upon the unique resources of the island, including branches of the University of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Community College, as well as astronomical observatories. The forestry, geologic, marine life, and agricultural aspects of the island also play an important role in the curriculum.[citation needed]

Kamehameha Schools offers a wide range of extra curricular activities and sports, including Band, Computer Activities, Chorus, Art, and Theatre. The marching band appeared in the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade.[4]

Sports include Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Biking, Rugby, Yoga, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Football, Cheerleading, Softball, Lacrosse, Judo/Martial Arts, Volleyball, and Mandatory Physical Education Classes.

The school offers Hawaiian language in middle and high school as well as Japanese and Spanish in high school. The other campuses offer Arabic, German, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

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  1. ^ Rick Daysog (December 21, 1999). "Bishop board focusing on education, investments". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Crystal Kua (February 10, 2000). "Keaau: An Education town Four new schools give post-sugar-era residents a rekindled sense of pride". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Principal named at Big Isle Kamehameha campus". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. June 21, 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  4. ^ Rod Thompson (December 21, 2007). "Heroes ready for famous march: Kamehameha Schools bands are up for the challenges of the Rose Bowl parade". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. ^ McRoberts, Randy (August 8, 2014). "Kolten Wong's baseball career comes full circle, from Ripken World Series to major leagues". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wagner to retire as KS Hawaii athletic director". Hawaii 24/7. April 16, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

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